Please find below a COVID-19 update for the Waikato.
Changes since our last public advisory on Wednesday 20 October 2021 are provided in red.
Latest update on COVID-19 testing
There are nine new cases to report today in the Waikato region, all have been contacted and links confirmed to existing cases. Of the new cases, five were in Te Awamutu, two in Hamilton, one in Whatawhata and one in the Cambridge/Karapiro area. This brings the total number of cases in this outbreak to 73. One person is in Waikato Hospital. At this time, there are just four cases in the Waikato for which the links remain under investigation.
Location of COVID-19 cases
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Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out testing throughout the region, to help identify any undetected community spread of COVID-19.
Pop-up testing sites are operating today Te Awamutu, Whatawhata, Raglan and Hamilton.
The low number of locations of interest in the Waikato throughout this resurgence indicates contact has largely been limited to between individuals and in private settings rather than in public spaces where there is a greater risk of community exposure.
Waikato continues to be under Alert Level 3 which further reduces the risk of public exposure events.
Public Health investigations into the new cases are continuing. Information on locations of interest is published on the Ministry of Health website as soon as it is available: www.health.govt.nz/locationsofinterest
Total tests taken Thursday 21 October: 4476
People can also get tested on appointment at GP practices across the region, including designated GP practices that take enrolled and non-enrolled patients. See Healthpoint for a full list of options.
It is important that our testing facilities are available for those priority individuals who meet the criteria for seeking a test at this time. This allows us to rapidly investigate whether there has been any community spread.
Anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, is following guidance relating to a location of interest or has been directed by Healthline or a GP should seek a test immediately.
Otherwise, people should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for guidance before seeking a test.
It is free to get a COVID-19 test, wherever you go.
COVID-19 testing centres
Te Awamutu Event Centre carpark
Gorst Avenue, Te Awamutu
- Friday, 10am – 5pm
- Saturday 23 - Monday 25 October - 10am - 4pm
- Te Papa o Rotu Marae, 145 Māori Point Road, Whatawhata - Friday 22 October, 10am - 2pm
- Whatawhata Golf Course, 50 Store Road, Whatawhata - Saturday 23 October, 10am - 3pm
Raglan rugby grounds car park, Cross Street, Raglan
Friday, 10am - 1pm
Founders Theatre car park
Entrance off Norton Road
Daily 8am - 4pm
Claudelands Event Centre
Gate 3, Brooklyn Road
Daily 10am - 6pm
Te Kohao Health,
951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
General practices across the Waikato are testing patients and designated GPs are testing non-patients also. See Healthpoint for a full list of GPs offering COVID-19 testing or call your GP to check. COVID-19 tests are free. Please ring first to make an appointment.
Latest update on COVID-19 vaccinations
Reporting on vaccination rates is at TLA level provided by the Ministry of Health. This data is as at 2pm 21 October 2021 and is the latest data available.
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|South Waikato District||15,113||10,745||75.8%||53.9%|
Please note, there may be larger than usual change shown in the vaccination rates compared with recent data. This is because from 21 October the DHB will use a new dataset which aligns with that used at a national level and includes all individuals identified by the Ministry of Health as domiciled within the DHB catchment. Previously the DHB used the local Health Service User dataset.
Data at SA2 level (approximately equivalent to suburb) is available on the Ministry of Health website.
To date (as at 10.37am 22 October), 536,372 COVID-19 vaccinations have been delivered in the Waikato.
- 299,629 first doses have been administered
- 236,743 second doses have been administered
- On Thursday 21 October, 3,406 vaccinations were delivered across the Waikato.
Pop-up vaccination sites and vaccination clinics
There are number of pop-up vaccination centres operating across the Waikato this week. Details are at www.waikatodhb.health.nz/covid19mobile.
The Cambridge community vaccination centre at Cambridge Community Marae is closed from 20 October. Vaccinations will continue to be available at Cambridge Medical Centre (bookings essential via www.bookmyvaccine.nz or 0800 28 29 26) and Unichem Cambridge (offering both walk-ins and bookings). There is good capacity at both sites to support the community. Vaccinations are free wherever you go.
- Mobile vaccination clinics are rolling out across the takiwā with regular visits to locations through to the end of the year. The schedule is on the Waikato DHB website and will be regularly updated with more dates and locations.
- Also visit the Waikato DHB FB page for up to date mobile vaccination clinic locations.
- In Hamilton and elsewhere in the Waikato, you can get your vaccinations at GPs, pharmacies, mobile sites and at our vaccination centres. There's lots of options, so come along and meet the friendly vaccination teams.
- Walk-in appointments are available at many vaccination sites across the Waikato.
- People can now also bus free to and from their vaccination appointment if they show proof of their booking. See busit.co.nz/vaccination for more details.
Reminder - Making a vaccination appointment
Although walk-ins are available at many vaccination sites, the best way of guaranteeing a vaccination on the time, day and place of your choosing is still to book.
- If you have made a booking and are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel your booking so someone else can use that appointment time.
- If you are unsure when your appointment is, check on the booking system at https://app.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/manage using your contact number or email address and booking reference. Alternatively, you can call 0800 28 29 26 for assistance.
- Everyone aged 12+ can now visit bookmyvaccine.nz to make their bookings.
- We ask everyone when attending their appointments under Alert Level 3 to follow the key public health measures detailed on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
If people have flu-like symptoms
Do not come into the hospital if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
If you are concerned about your risk of COVID-19, please ring Healthline (0800 358 5453). They will tell you if you need to be tested and what to do next.
- It is free to get a COVID-19 test
- GPs are able to provide assessment and testing – please phone your practice first
- Please do not turn up to your GP without an appointment
- After hours, you can be seen at an urgent care clinic
- We recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the timeframe to receive your test results.